1. Crank out the short stories. I’m shooting for four a semester. Spring might be tough because I’m planning on taking a novel writing class that will take up a huge chunk of my time, but I need tons of short stories for my senior honors project and Scholars House project.
2. Write every morning. I did this for a while last year, but once I joined my sorority, my early morning writing time turned into my doing-the-homework-I couldn’t-finish-last-night time. I want to keep my writing time purely for writing, even if it’s just for an hour.
3. Make a good impression on the department head, who is also my professor this semester. I’m taking his advanced fiction class, and I’d really love for him to write me a letter of recommendation for grad school. I just need to impress him first.
4. Have one of my pieces published. Somewhere. Anywhere. In an on-campus literary magazine, a website, I don’t care. I just want someone to read my work and like it enough to publish it for other people to see.
5. Get accepted into grad school. I am currently terrified about this. Not only do I want to be accepted into grad school, I want it to be a program I love. So many of them are very competitive and admission is selective, and I’m afraid my writing won’t be what the department is looking for. I just hope someone connects with my stories and style and wants to take me on as a graduate student. Here’s to hoping!